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HIP Housing is a non-profit organization in San Mateo County. Below is a partial list of persons seeking shared housing opportunities through the Home Sharing Program as of January 2016
CONTACT HIP HOUSING AT 650-348-6660
Please note that HIP Housing updates
these two lists monthly
Home Sharing Program – Housing Offered
Daly City: Unfurnished room in a 4 bedroom, 3 bathrooms house. Rent is $850 a month with an $850 deposit. Smoking outside only. No pets accepted. Street parking available and close to public transportation. Seeker is a single mother with adult child seeking a quiet housemate.
East Palo Alto: Furnished or unfurnished room in a 4 bedroom, 2 bathroom house. Rent is $900 a month with a $400 deposit. No smoking. One small dog living in the home. No other pets accepted. Street parking and laundry available. Near public transportation. Seekers are a retired couple seeking a quiet, clean, and respectful housemate.
Foster City: Furnished or unfurnished room in a 3 bedroom, 2 bathrooms townhouse. Rent is $1050 a month with a $500 deposit. Smoking outside acceptable. Two well trained dogs living in the home. No other pets accepted. Laundry, storage, and garage parking available. Near public transportation. Seeker is a retired female and is quiet.
Half Moon Bay: Unfurnished room in a 4 bedroom, 2 bathroom house. Rent is $1200 a month with a deposit of $1200. No smoking or pets allowed. Laundry, storage, and street parking available. Beautiful room with private bath and built in dresser and huge closet. Close to the beach.
Millbrae: 6 bedroom, 1.5 bathroom house to share with female housemates. Double, unfurnished room rent is $1400 a month with a $300 deposit. Furnished or unfurnished room downstairs is $700 a month with a $300 deposit. Smoking outside acceptable. Homeowner smokes inside the home. No pets. Laundry and street parking.
Pacifica: Unfurnished room in a 2 bedroom, 1 bathroom house. Rent is $750 a month with a deposit of $400. No smoking. Laundry and street parking available. Near public transportation. Homeowner is retired male senior who enjoys volunteering.
Redwood City: Unfurnished room in a 2 bedroom, 1 bathroom apartment. Rent is $900 a month with a deposit of $500. Smoking outside acceptable only. Laundry and street parking available. Near public transportation. Provider is a single mother with a child.
San Mateo: Furnished room in a 2 bedroom, 1 bathroom house. Rent is $850 a month with a deposit of $850. No smoking. Has 1 cat, but no other pets allowed. Laundry, storage, and off street parking available. Provider is an older female who works full time and enjoys going to church and the gym. She is seeking someone quiet, clean, and sociable.
San Mateo: Furnished room in a 3 bedroom, 3 bathroom house. Rent is $1000 a month with a deposit of $500. No smoking. Two small dogs living in home, but no other pets accepted. Laundry and street parking available. Near public transportation. Provider is seeking a housemate who is clean and friendly.
South San Francisco: Unfurnished room in a 4 bedroom, 3 bathroom house. Rent is $800 a month with a deposit of $500. Smoking outside acceptable. Street parking available and near public transportation.
Home Sharing Program – Persons Seeking
Male seeking furnished or unfurnished room from San Mateo to Menlo Park. He is able to pay $1000 a month. He does not smoke and prefers a non-smoking household. He is willing to live with pets and seldom has visitors. He works evenings and is usually on the go during the day and weekends.
Female seeking unfurnished room from Mid to South County. She is able to pay $1100 a month. She does not smoke and prefers a non-smoking household. She is willing to live with pets and seldom has visitors. When she is not at work she enjoys going rock climbing Fri-Sun and is active in yoga, biking, and the gym.
Male seeking furnished or unfurnished room in North County. He is able to pay $1000 a month. He does not smoke and prefers a non-smoking household. He is willing to live with pets and seldom has visitors. He works 6:00 A.M. to 3:00 P.M. and enjoys going to church.
Male seeking furnished or unfurnished room in Mid to South County. He is able to pay $800 a month. He does not smoke and prefers a non-smoking household. He stays busy with work and enjoys hiking.
Male seeking furnished or unfurnished room in North County. He is able to pay $950 a month. He does not smoke but is willing to accept a room with housemates who smoke outside. He is willing to live with pets. He is a pilot and is originally from Guam. He is looking for a home provider who is willing to let his wife stay 3-5 days a month. He will only be staying in the room between 5-21 days a month. He is looking for a home with a carport to park his vintage car.
Male seeking furnished or unfurnished room in Belmont, Foster City, or San Mateo. He is able to pay $1500 a month. He does not smoke and prefers a non-smoking household. He is on the go a lot and enjoys visiting friends in South Bay during weekends.
Male seeking furnished or unfurnished room in Mid County. He is able to pay $700 a month. He does not smoke and prefers a non-smoking household. He works 10-15 hours a day and enjoys outdoor activities.
Couple seeking furnished or unfurnished room within the county. They are able to pay $1500 a month. They do not smoke and prefer a non-smoking household. They are willing to live with pets. Their two daughters may visit from time to time. They are quiet and respectful.
Female seeking furnished or unfurnished room from North to Mid County. She is able to pay $1100 a month. She does not smoke and prefers a non-smoking household. She works nights and sleeps during the day. She has a well-behaved cat who is indoor/outdoors.
Female seeking unfurnished room in Mid County. She is able to pay $700 a month. She does not smoke but is willing to live with smokers. She is responsible and clean. She enjoys outdoor activities and crafts.
If you have a room to rent in your home or a separate unit on your property, please consider registering with HIP Housing’s Home Sharing program. There is no cost to participate in the program. Ask about our $250 incentive!
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The car-hailing service will not buy the wheelchair-friendly vehicles. Rather, it will tap into an existing pool of taxi drivers who rent and operate specialized vans in the nation's capital, according to WAMU, a local public radio station which has closely covered the company's record on accessibility. At least one of these vehicles is already available to use via the Uber app.
"While there is more that needs to be done to expand transportation options for riders in DC requiring wheelchair accessible vehicles, we—along with advocates for people with disabilities—believe our wheelchair accessible vehicles option is a step in the right direction," wrote Anne Hussey, a marketing manager for Uber D.C., in a blog post published Dec. 11.
To call a wheelchair-accessible taxi through Uber, just open the app, choose the UberTaxi option, and then enter the promo code "wheelchairdc." After the app registers the code, it will show a wheelchair option and the location of available vehicles nearby.
When I tested this new option on Monday in D.C., I found one van, seven minutes away from my location in Georgetown.
DCist was the first outlet to report Uber's news on Friday, including the detail that D'Arcee Neal, a disability rights activist employed by the Department of the Interior, was the first consumer to use the new option.
Accessibility advocates hailed the news as an improvement.
"Access to Uber’s service for the District’s residents and visitors with disabilities is long overdue," Carol Tyson, the director of disability policy at the United Spinal Association, told The Huffington Post. "Transportation is a civil right and people with disabilities should not be an afterthought."
It's not clear, however, whether the total number of wheelchair-accessible taxis on D.C. streets will increase as a result of Uber's new initiative.
That's perhaps the key question for Americans with disabilities as Uber and other on-demand services become a bigger part of transportation systems, from commuting to carpooling: If the taxi companies that operate city cab fleets go under as a result of increased competition, will cities work with Uber to maintain accessible options?
Tyson called on Uber and its competitors to work toward increasing the total number of wheelchair-accessible vehicles in D.C. and other cities, particularly at peak commuting hours.
"We know that demand for accessible taxi service in the District far exceeds supply," she argued. Speaking about Transport D.C. -- the city's program for alternative, accessible for-hire transport to residents with disabilities -- Tyson said that funding was "falling short of demand" and that each month "the number of Transport D.C. rides has increased."
The D.C. Taxi Cab Commission told HuffPost that there are currently 153 wheelchair-accessible taxis servicing D.C. Back in November, when there were only 141, WAMU reported that approximately one-quarter of these cabs weren't being used.
Presumably, that's because of the higher cost of rental for drivers over traditional sedans. The D.C. Taxicab Commission told The Huffington Post that it has awarded 90 grants to offset the costs of rentals in 2015, along with free sensitivity and operation training.
Uber did not immediately respond when HuffPost asked for the total number of wheelchair-accessible vehicles people could find via the Uber app in D.C. and other U.S. cities.
NBC 7 News: Senior citizen, disabled son can't afford motel rent after eviction from Peninsula apartment
Friday, November 27, 2015 09:59PM
SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. (KGO) --
For a senior citizen and her son who takes care of her, their future may be either a shelter or the streets. It's a hard reality for many who live on the peninsula where rents have skyrocketed.
Ramona Low is 80 years old and her caretaker-son Steve Litton live in a small motel room and it is their only salvation from homelessness.
"We're fearful that we're going to be thrown out on the street. Absolutely," Litton said.
Low is crippled with severe arthritis and Litton also has disabilities. The two were evicted from an apartment they had lived in for two decades, after a dispute with their landlord. Low used to work for the city of San Francisco. They live on her modest pension and social security disability, but it is not enough to find an apartment on the peninsula.
"I think it's because of the booming economy. You have to have three times the rent just to get into any commercial housing," Litton said.
Now, they're two weeks behind in their motel rent. They've reached out for help from social service agencies with little success. Their church, they say, is their savior.
"Every time we go to Bible study on Wednesday, somebody puts something in my hand and says 'Buy food,'" Low said.
That's how they can eat. Their food in the tiny motel refrigerator is mostly donated, just like their Thanksgiving dinner this year. The Stulbarg Family from Redwood City learned about their plight and brought dinner to them.
"We were very fortunate and blessed to all be together," Andy Stulbarg said. "And I decided I wanted to try to do something for this family."
"I worked hard all my life. I'd like to live in my own little apartment. That's all I want," Low said.
It is a wish that's hard to fulfill when the average rent for a one bedroom on the peninsula is more than $2,500 a month.
Daily Journal Guest Perspective
November 25, 2015, 05:00 AM By Vincent Merola
These fare raises will have a significant long-lasting negative effect on people with disabilities, especially those who rely on and frequently use SamTrans services. The vast majority of these riders are on fixed incomes, making even slight increases painful to bear. Adult fares will increase by 25 cents to $2.25 in 2016 and another 25 cent increase will be added in 2019. Nobody really likes it when the costs of things go up. I fall under this category. Having recently moved to the Bay Area by way of Connecticut — a place with virtually zero public transportation — I have come to use SamTrans quite frequently. I enjoy hopping on the ECR in Redwood City to get to and from work. The public transit system in San Mateo County serves me well. I’m able, and therefore willing to pay the increased fares.
SamTrans Board of Directors also voted to raise fares for its RediWheels/RediCoast paratransit services. On its website, SamTrans states, “paratransit rides are for persons with disabilities who cannot independently use SamTrans bus service.” It goes on to state that under the Americans with Disability Act, transit agencies are required to provide paratransit service. The law requires transit agencies to provide paratransit service comparable to the level of fixed-route service and that they can charge no more than twice a fixed-route fare. Presently, the one-way fare for paratransit in the county is $3.75. The Board of Directors voted to increase that by 50 cents to $4.25 in 2016 and another 50 cents in 2019, bringing the total one-way fare to $4.75 by that time. Both of these increases will bring the fare just under the maximum allowable limit under the ADA.
There is something we can do to alleviate these pressures. After receiving public input, SamTrans (thankfully) decided to keep the paratransit Lifeline fare at its current rate of $1.75. If you are unfamiliar with this SamTrans program, that might be due to the fact that it’s not easy to find on its website. A search for the term “Lifeline” at samtrans.com produces five seemingly unrelated results. One would need the Paratransit Rider’s Guide to understand the program. Here, the guide states that only people on Supplemental Security Income, General Assistance or Medi-Cal may be eligible for the Lifeline reduced fare program. This criterion simply does not go far enough to help the disability community. It needs to be expanded to include other low income riders.
Social Security Disability Insurance and Social Security retirement have average monthly payments of $1,146 and $1,294, respectively. For a single-person household, that’s roughly 125 percent of the federal poverty level. Any rational person would consider those numbers to be low income, yet these recipients would not be eligible for the Lifeline service.
In a county with such a high cost of living, people on fixed incomes are often forced to make every penny count. At our center, we already hear from people on fixed incomes not able to afford the cost of transportation to senior centers or to visit friends and family. We even hear from people on fixed incomes forced to make the choice between purchasing food or medicine. When the cost of RediWheels/RediCoast rides goes up next year and then again in 2019, these consumers will have even more tough decisions to make. By then, a regular round trip paratransit fare will be a whopping $9.50.
The fixed route fare increase will not prohibit me from getting to work or from visiting friends for dinner and drinks. You see, I am not on a fixed income and I’m able to pay the added 25 cents. But for San Mateo County residents with disabilities on fixed incomes, a $9.50 ride to see family, visit a doctor or to pick up medication is an unaffordable luxury.
SamTrans needs to promote the Lifeline program better and it needs to expand the program’s eligibility to include more low-income riders.
Vincent Merola is the systems change coordinator at the Center for Independence of Individuals with Disabilities — an Independent Living Center located in San Mateo.
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